One of the arguments New York State Assembly candidate W. Michael Pitcher has made during his campaign is that as a Democrat he will be able to accomplish more in Albany than his opponent, simply for the fact that Democrats are likely to control all three branches of government.
Unfortunately for Pitcher, he is running against incumbent Republican Fred W. Thiele, Jr., who for almost 15 years has managed to reach across the aisle with relative ease, resulting in passage of scores of important legislation being passed on the state level that specifically aids the East End.
Pitcher, a former newsman who now works as a legislative aide, is certainly a candidate who knows what he is talking about. He also boasts a personal commitment to the environment and to social issues that should be commended.
Regardless, Thiele has shown time and time again that not only does he fight for the East End while he is in Albany, but that both Democrats and Republicans can be proud to have put him there.Â